A LAWN care expert has revealed the common mistakes that can leave your grass filled with pests and plagued with ugly brown patches.

Whether green grass makes you feel like spring has sprung or you're just afraid of your HOA, maintaining your lawn is likely on your to-do list.

Simon Barker, co-founder and editor at GrowYourYard.com, told The U.S. Sun that these mistakes are "easily avoidable with a bit of research and planning."


"Many people believe that the more water their lawn receives, the better," Barker said, adding that overwatering is one of the most common mistakes he sees.

"However, overwatering can lead to waterlogged soil, which can drown the roots of your grass.

"Additionally, overwatering can create ideal conditions for fungal growth, which can lead to those ugly brown patches on your lawn.

"It's important to water your lawn only when it needs it, and ensure that the water penetrates deeply into the soil.

"I usually recommend watering your lawn deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather conditions of course."


Another mistake is using the wrong fertilizer for your grass type, which can "lead to stunted growth or even damage to your lawn."

"It's important to choose a fertilizer that is specifically designed for the type of grass you have, and please follow the instructions carefully," Barker added.

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The expert also warned against mowing your lawn too short, which can cause problems.

"Cutting your grass too short can weaken the roots, making your lawn more susceptible to pests and diseases," he explained.

"It's important to mow your lawn at the proper height, which varies depending on the type of grass you have.


"Finally, simply just forgetting about your lawn can lead to a range of problems.

"Regular maintenance, such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing, is essential for a healthy lawn.

"Neglecting your lawn can lead to unsightly brown patches, and excess weed growth."

Barker previously revealed the cheap TikTok hacks for a lush lawn that actually work and the "worst advice" he's ever seen.

He also shared how to improve your grass with a common kitchen ingredient, as well as a cheap solution to naturally kill weeds.

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